The Jewish American band Nefesh Mountain has done it again–this time, right in time for Hanukkah. The bluegrass-inspired band covered two Woody Guthrie songs for Hanukkah, and it’s absolutely amazing. You may be thinking–what does Woody Guthrie have to do with Hanukkah? Well, a lot more than you think.
You may not realize that Woody moved to Coney Island in 1942, where he spent a lot of time collaborating with his Jewish mother-in-law and Yiddish poet, Aliza Greenblatt. As a result of learning about the stories and struggles of the Jewish people, he composed “The Hanukkah Dance,” for which he wrote both words and music, and “Hanukkah’s Flame,” which was initially a poem.
Nefesh Mountain recorded and filmed both pieces as songs–and the outcome for both is absolutely breathtaking. Listen to the songs here–and let us know which is your favorite in the comments below: